Magazine publisher Hachette Filipacchi (UK) and chief executive Kevin Hand are suing Haymarket Media for libel damages.
The legal battle centres around a story in Media Week magazine in April, headed ‘Hachette faces an uncertain future”.
Hachette and Hand claim the story was defamatory, and are seeking unlimited damages, as well as aggravated damages, from its publishers – Haymarket. They are also suing over the website version of the story.
And they are seeking an injunction banning repetition of the allegations made in the story.
The story, which has now been taken down, was about the departure of the general manager of the company’s women’s division, Julie Harris.